We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I watched that thinking about how fit the elderly were then. Then I remembered that back then the feeble didn't last very long.
I found this in book published in 1909. It is a good reminder of life for the elderly around that time. And this woman may have not been that old. Today, one is not limited to reading for occupying the mind, or even personal conversation to enjoy human voices and stimulation of ideas.
At about that time one of my students, interested in the early history of New York, happened to call upon an old woman living in a shanty midway between these two schools. She was an old inhabitant, and one of the early roadways that the student was hunting had passed near her house. In conversation with the woman he learned that she had had five children, all of whom had been taken from her some years before, within a fortnight, by scarlet fever; and that since then she had been living alone. When he remarked that she must feel lonesome at times, tears came to her eyes, and she replied, "Sometimes." As he was leaving she thanked him for his call and remarked that she seldom had any visitors; she added that, if some one would drop in now and then, either to talk or to read to her, she would greatly appreciate it; her eyes had so failed that she could no longer read for herself.
Is it just me or do many of these elderly people seem more robust than the elderly of this generation? I don't mean to imply that they do not look their age because they do, however, they seem more physically capable and articulate than many of the elderly I know (with the exception of my spouse's paternal grandmother who was as spritely as these fine people). Hopefully there is some guide to their fitness and dietary habits that Birddog can post in his excellent fitness discussions.
Rebecca Latimer's interview prompts 2 observations. It was amazing to hear and listen to someone who had witnessed the Cherokee removal from Georgia, an event which occurred about 180 years ago. I am reminded of my uncle telling me that my great-grandfather, born in 1859, told him that when my great-grandfather was a kid. he had heard about the anti-Mormon riots of circa 1844 in Nauvoo Ill from people who had participated in them.
Rebecca Latimer's north Georgia accent reminds me a bit of an old New England accent. An elderly relative in TX, born in 1909, whose parents had come from Tennessee, also had an accent that reminded me of New England- "dollah" for "dollar."